Regulations for integrated PG courses at Calicut varsity yet to be approved

The academic council of the University of Calicut has rejected regulations formulated for the newly launched integrated postgraduate courses on the campus.

According to sources, the council has sought to correct certain contradictions and mistakes in the regulations. A team of subject experts will study them again to be submitted at the next meeting. Though the university launched M.Sc in Physics, Chemistry, and Bioscience and MA in Development Studies recently, their regulations are yet to be approved.

Meanwhile, regulations for new PG courses on the campus were approved. It was decided to have 50% internal marks and 50% external marks for these courses from the next academic year. Right now, it is 20% internal marks and 80% external marks. The sources said there were some arguments about the issue, as some participants sought 100% internal marks and some others demanded the scrapping of the system altogether.

The council approved a proposal to allow graduates and undergraduates in journalism to join B.Ed course in Social Science. Two per cent seats will be reserved for them. This has been a long-pending demand from students who have cleared BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. Though an education board had opposed the demand, the council was in favor of it.

Temporary teachers in affiliated aided and government colleges and teachers in primary schools and self-financing colleges will be allowed to do part-time PhD courses. Indians employed in foreign countries and foreign nationals too will be allowed to do them.

Equivalency certificates will not be issued to postgraduates who have not studied in the 10+2+3 pattern. The university will launch an integrated M.Sc-PhD program in association with the Kerala School of Mathematics, Kozhikode. New courses such as M.Sc Physics with Nano Science and M.Sc Chemistry with Nano Sciences will be launched in the Department of Nano Science.

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